12th March 2012
Centaur Exhibitions is launching a major hosted buyer led show for the UK meetings industry which will take place on 9-11 July 2013 at Olympia, London.
The Meetings Show UK, a three day event, will accommodate 1000 fully hosted senior buyers including 750 from Europe and beyond.
Featuring UK and international destinations, venues, hotels and other key providers, the event will also be supported by a major professional education programme and a series of high quality business networking events.
It is intended to provide the opportunity of a choice of fam trips to those UK destinations that wish to host the international buyers attending the show.
Andrew Evans, Managing Director of Centaur Exhibitions says, “After months of careful research, it is clear that the buyer and exhibitor communities would welcome a fully hosted buyer show in London, organised by a senior team of experienced meeting professionals.”
Paul Kennedy MBE is the strategic advisor for the show, drawing on his extensive knowledge of the meetings industry both domestically and internationally. Kennedy says, “This event is for the meetings industry and will be directed and managed by meetings industry professionals. We are assembling an Advisory Board of leading industry experts and already have support from eminent practitioners.”
Commenting on the launch, Christian Mutschlechner, Director of the Vienna Convention Bureau says, “At last - a major event for the UK to be run by a highly knowledgeable management team; we will be there.”
Anthony Hyde, General Manager, Barbican Centre commented “This is just perfect for London and the UK and we will be exhibiting.”
Patrick Delaney, Managing Director of Ovation Global DMC has also praised the initiative, “Centaur are to deliver just what the market needs, a large gathering of qualified UK and international hosted buyers with significant budgets who know exactly which suppliers they want to see ahead of the event.”
Carole Mckeller, Executive Director Europe of HelmsBriscoe says, “HelmsBriscoe will be at the show in force. We know the hosted buyer community will be delivered and that the quality of the buyers will attract the range of exhibitors a company like ours needs to see.”
Anna Golden, Commercial Director Earls Court Olympia: says "We are delighted to actively support and host The Meetings Show UK in our new redeveloped West Hall at Olympia. The show's commitment to deliver a qualified hosted buyer community is very good news indeed for the UK meetings industry. In addition, The Meetings Show UK is confident in attracting another 3000+ UK buyers across the corporate, association, agency and public sectors."
Evans also said, “Our intention is to work very closely with industry associations and key organisations in order to deliver a show and high level educational programme that is on-target and entirely relevant to the meetings industry. With the investment and resources we have committed to the show, plus the deep industry knowledge of the team, we will create a highly effective and successful meetings industry marketplace.”